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We are doing this ride to raise money for Research Autism. We are aiming to raise £20,000.
We are supporting Research Autism because my cousin Jamie is severely affected by the disease, and I have seen its effects not only on him but on the whole family." He is 13yrs old, but cannot yet talk.
Just take a moment to imagine not being able to talk.
Imagine understanding everything going on around you, but not being able to comment.
Imagine having to be dressed every morning in clothes you don't choose, and then hurting your parents as you try to tell them you wanted the blue shirt today.
Imagine being swamped by having to hear everything that everyone is saying around you, and not being able to listen to just one thing at once. Jamie loves being in a swimming pool, just floating, legs held motionless by the weight of the water, while he keeps his ears underwater to just relax, hearing nothing.
He understands everything - he appears to have a photographic memory - but can’t get his thoughts out.
Frustration leads to despair, and anger, which is just one of the many things that his family has to deal with.
He has extremely specific eating requirements and requires round the clock supervision. Jamie is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum, but given that one in 100 people suffer from the disease (with varying severity), and that everyone has some autistic traits, it is shocking that so little is known about it'.
Click here to support our cause and donate to Research Autism.
Read the "Meet Jamie" post - the only post in February, for more information about Jamie, and a poem - painstakingly slow for Jamie to type, but ultimately incredible.

Photo Video - New York to St Louis

May 21, 2010


This morning the previous days rain had cleared, and although slightly cold it was pleasant enough. I think that today was the first time we were properly aided by a tailwind. Our progress was swift, not only due to the wind, but also we were on just one road for a long stretch which solved our problems of navigation but it was also a good surface quality. At one stage we covered 24 miles in less than one hour and twenty mins(very quick for us).

This afternoon we met some more x-america cyclists! (on two wheels this time) They started out in Phili and have followed a route similar to us. We cycled the last 20 miles or so together into Knob Noster. It started to pour as we approached our destination. Things did start to get exciting when a tornado warning went out as we sat in MacDonald's together! Alas, there was no real wind to be seen(as we all watched excitingly out of the window, expecting to see cars and people flying around outside....bit of a let down really).

Tomorrow we will get to Kansas city, where we will decide whether to have a rest day there, or just press on into Kansas.

1 comment:

  1. We saw a tornado on tv in Sedallia, just a few miles east of Knob Noster.Yyou probably rode through Sedallia. It was really weak as tornados go, and didn't hold together very long. You were fortunate it just missed you, and wasn't severe. Looks like you'll get wet today, but I don't see much wind. Look forward to meeting you guys today!
    Tony R.